Anke Eilergerhard
Resilience

Anna Laudel, Istanbul / Turkey

September 24–December 27, 2020
September 24, 2020
Anna Laudel
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34421 Istanbul
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Anna Laudel welcomes the new season with Berlin-based artist Anke Eilergerhard’s solo exhibition Resilience, showcasing original sculptures produced with a unique technique that stimulates not only sight but also touch, taste, and smell. Opening its doors on Thursday, September 24, the exhibition hosts a series of fascinating sculptures produced by the artist, using a special silicone material called "pigmented polyorganosiloxan" and porcelain. Anke Eilergerhard's stunning sculptures evoke abundance and plentifulness, at the same time presenting the objects we know best in a way that has never been seen before. The artist, who shapes the silicone layers like a dough, stacks world renowned kitchen objects in a mysterious symmetry, almost defying gravity, out of their usual norms. Eilergerhard’s works, carefully produced with this technique, take their place in the feminist discourse both in terms of aesthetics by rejecting traditional kitchen objects identified with women all over the world. 

Resilience
Despite their fragile material, Eilergerhard’s figures combine resilience and resonance, elasticity, and echo. In Anke Eilergerhard's work, the conventional contrasts between sculpture and colour, form vital metamorphoses from one to the other, merging into dynamic clouds of color. The artist confidently plays with the nuances of the sparkling colors of her material; the porcelain, and the more opaque shapes sprayed out of silicone. It occurs as a similarity in the dissimilar and lets the “power of one's own creation” be manifested in visible forms. Colour and form merge indissolubly, delimiting each other. Anke Eilergerhard's mobilising sculptural structures are also characterised by a similar resonance and the formation of a very unique vibration space.

Traditional contrast between sculpture and colour
In Anke Eilergerhard's work, the conventional contrasts between sculpture and colour, form vital metamorphoses from one to the other, merging into dynamic clouds of color. The artist confidently plays with the nuances of the sparkling colors of her material; the porcelain, and the more opaque shapes sprayed out of silicone.

The baroque fold
Anke Eilergerhard's silicone folds, with their frills and laces, set in motion a play with opening and filling, with mirroring and theatricalization, with the excitement and tension of becoming in space. These are inventions of the baroque that the artist uses in a new and impartial way. With an enthusiasm that ignores boundaries, Eilergerhard's figures and objects explore surface and space, rule and chance, and the interplay of opulence and severity. In her sculptural work, there are always moments of the absurd, encounters between the unexpected, the trivial, and the precious.  At the same time, the seriality of the sculptures, the repetitive process of the silicone caps placed next to and on top of each other and the use of porcelain, repeatedly generates the question of difference and repetition, of their shift, displacement, and disguise, which then subvert the order of representation and common sense.

*Content of the press release is taken from the essays by Dr. Dorothée Bauerle-Willert written about Anke Eilergerhard.

About Anke Eilergerhard 
Anke Eilergerhard, Berlin based artist, is celebrated by critics for her worldwide unique, often humorous artistic stance. She creates beguilingly hypnotic sculptures that stimulate not only the sight, but also our senses of touch, taste, and smell. In 1994 she completed her artistic degree in communication design at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. For over 30 years, the motif of the "Layer Cake“ has played a prominent role in Anke Eilergerhard’s oeuvre.  Anke Eilergerhard's sculptures are exhibited and collected worldwide including France, Germany, Italy, UK and USA. Anke Eilergerhard currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

An exhibition catalogue for Anke Eilergerhard's Resilience has been published by Anna Laudel, please contact the gallery to obtain one.

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